Dependant on the procedure you are having, you will be given some starving instructions before hand. This is so that clear views can be obtained, and to reduce the risk of vomiting if attending for an OGD. If you are attending for a colonoscopy you will have been given a prescription for a laxative for you to take before attending the clinic.
Upon arrival you will book in with our receptionist, who will direct you to our main waiting area.
One of our endoscopy nurses will arrive to take you to the Endoscopy Unit, they will admit you into our Unit, consent you for the procedure and also take readings such as blood pressure. You will also meet your Consultant and will be able to ask them any questions you have.
If you have requested sedation a cannula will be sited so that the drugs can be administered.
You will be taken to the procedure room; where the endoscope will be carefully inserted into your body. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable, you can tell or signal to one of the nurses who will be accompanying you in the room and the procedure will be immediately halted or if needed, abandoned.
After your procedure you will be taken to our recovery room, where you will be monitored, especially if you have had sedation.
Once you have recovered our Consultant will explain the findings to you, you will be given a copy of your report, and information about who to contact if you begin to feel unwell following your procedure.
We will also send a copy of your report to your specified GP.